50,000 (1993 Lin).
North central Sichuan Province, southwest tip of Maerkang county, Jinchuan river tributaries; northwest Jinchuan county; southeast Rangtang county.
Ere, Ergali, Guanyingqiao, Muerzong, Siyaowu, Taiyanghe, Xiaoyili, Yelong. Phonologically Western and Northern are fairly similar and differ greatly from Eastern. Lexical similarity: 60% between Western and Northern Jiarong dialects.
SOV; phonologically and lexically similar to Tibetan, grammatically more similar to Pumi and Qiang; complex consonant clusters; limited pitch contrast
Officially classified within Tibetan nationality. Buddhist (Lamaist), traditional religion.